Kriegsmarine: Admiral Raeder's Navy: A Broken Dream

9780968599419: Kriegsmarine: Admiral Raeder's Navy: A Broken Dream
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Gilbey, Joseph
Published by Hillsburgh, ON: Joseph Gilbey, 1995, 1st Edition, First Printing, Hillsburgh, Ontario (1995)
ISBN 10: 0968599419 ISBN 13: 9780968599419
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Book Description Hillsburgh, ON: Joseph Gilbey, 1995, 1st Edition, First Printing, Hillsburgh, Ontario, 1995. Soft Cover. Condition: Near Fine (see description). Text Cover (illustrator). First Edition. -----------trade paperback, a Near Fine copy, 232 pages, b&w photos, ---"Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933 while Admiral Erich Raeder was chief of the Reichsmarine. Hitler authorized production of capital warships in 1937 to give Germany a powerful battle fleet. If completed, the Z-Plan would restore Germany's naval prestige that deteriorated in the First World War. Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 and demolished this dream. -- 'Kriegsmarine: Admiral Raeder's Navy' outlines the history of the Z-Plan. The book records the fate of Germany's capital warships in the Second World War. Bismarck, Tirpitz, Gneisenau, Scharnhorst, Lützow (formerly Deutschland) and Admiral Scheer gave important service in the war. Graf Zeppelin, the aircraft carrier, remained unfinished. Admiral Raeder's Navy clearly resolves outstanding questions regarding the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. Joseph Gilbey shows the history of the German navy, including the U-boat divisions, in a new perspective. --Admiral Eric Raeder, C-in-C of the Reichsmarine in 1928, immediately established strict personal control of the navy. A ‘sacred duty’ to build a world class battle fleet obsessed his plans and actions. --In 1933 President Hindenburg appointed Adolf Hitler chancellor of Germany. Admiral Raeder’s plans began to unfold. Hitler authorized a massive naval building program in 1937. Code named ‘ Z-Plan’ this naval expansion would give Germany a premier battle fleet. The navy anticipated ten years of vigorous shipbuilding to complete the plan. However, Hitler’s aggressive actions in 1939 moved Great Britain to declare war on Nazi Germany - too early for the Z-Plan to take form. --Raeder’s shipyards stretched at full capacity to build the Z-Plan. Work progressed rapidly on two 42,000 ton battle ships ( Bismarck and Tirpitz) while an aircraft carrier (Graf Zeppelin) also took shape. Two massive 56,000 ton battle ships had keel plates laid down and signed requisitions promised four more of the same class. Confirmed orders for three 32,000 ton battle cruisers rounded off the initial phase of the Z-Plan. --Nevertheless, Britain’s declaration of war crimped the necessary time to complete the Z-Plan. Germany’s active battle fleet in 1939 consisted of three pocket battleships (Deutschland, Admiral Scheer and Admiral Graf Spee) plus two battle cruisers (Gneisenau and Scharnhorst). Raeder needed seven more years to obtain his dream fleet."---, any image directly beside this listing is the actual book and not a generic photo. Not Signed. Seller Inventory # 156099

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